After missing the 2018 World Cup, making it to the round of 16 in 2022 was a landmark moment for the United States despite things ending in less than stellar fashion in a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. It was a growth experience for the team but with Gregg Berhalter’s contract being up this December, it’s fair to ask if he should return as coach of the national team for the 2026 World Cup cycle as the host nation.
There are reasons to keep Berhalter in charge as he has exceeded high U.S. expectations by winning the Gold Cup, Nations League, and making it to the last 16 of the World Cup — something that shouldn’t be taken for granted after missing out on the World Cup in 2018, but it’s fair to question if he could’ve done more with the talent at his disposal. Most decisions, like leaving Zack Steffen out of the squad to make Matt Turner the number one keeper and making Tim Ream and Josh Sargent starters were vindicated by their performances.
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But others, like his substitute patterns, leaving Jordan Pefok out of the squad when he would’ve been useful against the Netherlands, and the ambiguity around Gio Reyna’s playing time are all reasons to explore a possible fresh lens on the team. Reyna’s…